As the name suggests, the Mommy Makeover procedure is ideal for mothers who aren’t satisfied with the appearance of their bodies postpartum, even after putting themselves through strict diet and exercise regimens. As a result, the popularity of this procedure is highest among women in their 20s, 30s and 40s who are interested in correcting the changes that occurred in their bodies as a result of pregnancy or after significant weight loss.
In addition, an ideal candidate for a Mommy Makeover should possess a clean bill of health coupled with expectations which are steadily grounded in reality. However, once the procedure is done, Mommy Makeover patients are often surprised by the way they look and feel.
Further, ideal candidates for a Mommy Makeover should be somewhat close to their ideal body weight. For patients who are significantly heavier than that, most surgeons advise them to follow an exercise and diet regimen prior to opting to undergo surgery. Those who are able to undergo lifestyle changes and commit to a healthier diet and regular exercise program before surgery almost always enjoy a better, longer lasting result from their surgery compared to those who don’t.
The recovery period following a Mommy Makeover procedure largely depends on the intensity of the work done. If, for example, a particular Mommy Makeover procedure consists of a breast lift and liposuction, then the recovery would normally be very quick. Such patients will be able to get back to work or other normal activities in less than a week.
On the other hand, if a particular Mommy Makeover consisted of more significant makeovers like tummy tucks, then the recovery will take a little longer. Such patients will have to engage in limited activities for at least three to four weeks and cannot engage in strenuous activities for about six weeks.
In general, the risks of surgical procedures tend to increase with the number and severity of procedures performed. However, undergoing two or three procedures at one time is generally less risky than undergoing the same amount separately. In this situation, it is important for the surgeon to evaluate the patient to determine their ability to undergo multiple procedures at one time.
At the time of your consultation, Dr. McMahan will thoroughly discuss the standard risks associated with the procedures that you are considering as well as describe what can be done before and after surgery to minimize those risks. Some of these include bleeding, infection, scarring, anesthesia and blood clots.
Blood clots in the legs can be very serious and if you or anyone in your family has had a history of such blood clots, it is important to discuss this with your surgeon. When these occur in the legs, they are commonly referred to as a deep vein thrombosis or DVT. Patients with cancer, heavy patients, sedentary patients, those with a prior history of DVT as well as other conditions have a higher risk of DVT’s and those individuals may want to either separate their procedures or consider being on a prescribed blood thinner around the time of surgery.